For Confirmation Parents 2007-2008

Dear Parents,
Faith Inkubators Head to the Heart Confirmation Program focuses on Individual and Group Faith Development, Mentor/Mentee relationships, worship, prayer, and most importantly the facets of our faith the Catechism by using small group discussion with adult mentors, large group presentations or teaching times, retreats and service projects to build relationships among youth, group and individual prayer time!

As leaders at Trinity Lutheran Church we are excited about this new adventure in confirmation ministry! We are inviting you to come on this journey with us.

In this first year we will be looking for lots of feedback from you as parents, what do you like, what don’t you like, what would you like to see more of? Please let us know what you think! We want to hear from you!

So as we start this adventure together keep and open mind and continue to pray for your confirmads, their mentors, and the leadership of Trinity.

Thank you for your time!

Gods Blessings,
Pastor Andy

2007-2008 Trinity Lutheran Church
Head to the Heart Confirmation Agreement
Reason for Confirmation

Confirmation allows a confirmand the opportunity to publicly confess Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. It also identifies the confirmand as a member of the body of Christ. This can only be done through a demonstration of faith, spiritual growth, and maturity.

Confirmation is a Privilege, Not a “Right”

Trinity Church reminds all families that confirmation is not a “right”, but a privilege. Only students and their families fulfilling the requirements for confirmation earn this privilege. The church doesn’t have to confirm anyone. It is not commanded by Scripture but is a good and right practice in the church. Lutheran schools confirm no one, only churches do.

Reason for the Agreement

The purpose for the agreement is to establish the requirements and expectations Trinity has for each confirmand and their families.

Attendance Policy

Each Student is expected to:
-Be faithful in worship attendance.
-Be faithful in Sunday School attendance. If the family is attending the 9:45 service, the student may either attend the service or class depending if class is offered. At this time in a normal four-weekend month, the Sunday School class will be offered the 2nd and 4th Sunday and worship 1st and 3rd for their opportunity to do sermon notes.
-Be faithful in attending confirmation classes.
*Faithful attendance is defined as three out of four weeks during the month.
-If a student misses more than 25 percent of the confirmation classes, the student and their families will be required to meet with the pastor to discuss the absences and make up the required work. Excessive absences may result in repeating the confirmation program.
-Attend the required confirmation retreats.

Behavior Policy

All confirmation students are expected to behave in a respectful and Christian manner. Disrespectful behavior towards the pastor, mentors, or other students will not be tolerated. There should not be any aggressive or unwelcome physical contact.

The penalty for bad behavior will be:

-First offense will result in a verbal warning with a written note being sent home to the parents. This note will outline the consequences of any future offenses.

-Second offense will result in the student being removed from the class. The parents will be called to pick up their child. The student is welcome to return to class the following week.

-Third offense will result in removal from the class as well as a one-week suspension. The student and their family will be required to meet with the pastor as to the future of the student in the program.

Homework Policy

Homework, including memory work will be assigned for each class. Each student will be expected have read the assigned readings and be able to recite the memory work. Tests on the confirmation materials will be given. Each test will be announced in advance. Pop quizzes will be given if it is found that the students are not doing the reading or memory work. Students will be required to receive a score of 70 percent or higher in order to pass. In case of an absence or a failing score, a make-up exam can be arranged with the pastor. Retaken tests will need a 90 percent to pass. Students with failing test scores will not be confirmed. If there are special learning challenges for a student, please make these known to the pastor. The pastor will do whatever is possible to help the student and not cause any undo distress.

Parents’ Responsibilities

Trinity recognizes that parents play an important role in the spiritual growth of their children. Without parental support and Christian witness at home, any instruction is greatly hindered. Actions speak louder than words. Parents are asked to:

-Be faithful in weekly worship and regular participation in the Lord’s Supper.
-Attend classes with you child(ren) when required.
-Be involved in regular personal Bible Study.
-Set a Christian example at home in work and deed.
-Strive to grow in our own Christian walk of faith.
-Give encouragement and work with your child to complete the needed work.
-Cooperate with pastors and mentors in meeting requirements on time.
-Pray for our children and the confirmation ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church.
-Spend time in Daily Family Devotion. (Do at least the daily devotions that are sent home in order to re-enforce the lesson.)

Students’ Responsibilities

To make the most of the confirmation process, each student in addition to faithful worship and attendance as defined above is required to:

-Complete all class work to the best of his or her abilities.
-Make every effort to lead a God-pleasing Christian life at all times and in all places.
-Pray each day for God’s direction and for spiritual guidance during this time.
-Share and discuss the confirmation material with their parents.
-Strive to grow in their Christian life, now and in the future.
-Demonstrate a sincere intent to be a faithful “disciple” of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
-Spend time in Daily Devotion with their families.
-Complete one sermon note for each month of the school year, (September – May).
-Come to class prepared and with an open attitude.

Code of Conduct/Expectations for Parents/Pastors/Children/Mentors

Everyone involved in the confirmation program is expected to display an attitude and Christian love and support. The pastor and mentors are to be treated with respect just as the students shall be treated with respect.

Typical Wednesday Schedule:

5:30 – 6:00 pm – Dinner with Small Group/Quiz Bowl/Attendance
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Large Group Presentation (Pastor, DCE, or other presenter)
7:00 – 7:45 pm – Small Group Discussion and Prayer Time (Students and Mentors)
7:45 – 8:00 pm – Closing Announcements and Dismissal